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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeline Levine Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Psychologist Madeline Levine brings together cutting-edge research and thirty years of clinical experience to explode once and for all the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame.

Parents, educators, and the media wring their hands about the plight of America's children and teens - soaring rates of emotional problems, limited coping skills, disengagement from learning and yet there are ways to reverse these disheartening trends.

Teach Your Children Well acknowledges that every parent wants successful children. However, until we are clearer about our core values and the parenting choices that are most likely to lead to authentic, and not superficial, success, we will continue to raise exhausted, externally driven, impaired children who believe they are only as good as their last performance. Real success is always an inside job, argues Levine, and is measured not by today's report card but by the people our children become 15 or 20 years down the line.

Refusing to be diverted by manufactured controversies such as tiger moms versus coddling moms, Levine confronts the real issues behind the way we push some of our kids to the breaking point while dismissing the talents and interests of many others. She shows us how to shift our focus from the excesses of hyperparenting and the unhealthy reliance on our children for status and meaning to a parenting style that concentrates on both enabling academic success as well as developing a sense of purpose, well-being, connection, and meaning in our children's lives.

Teach Your Children Well is a call to action. And while it takes courage to make the changes we believe in, the time has come, says Levine, to return our overwrought families to a healthier and saner version of themselves.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kira | 2/20/2014

    " Provides a good perspective of pressure on suburban, upper middle-class kids and the negative affects that come with such demands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brooke | 1/10/2014

    " I found Levine's approach to parenting to be extremely thoughtful, helpful, and solution oriented. She has a very down to earth style with plenty of examples. She encourages parents to find a broad definition of success that thinks about your child's strengths and weaknesses rather than accepting society's narrow definition of success. She also urges parents to be introspective and decide what values your family holds and cling to those fiercely - even in the face of strong societal (or peer - as in parental peers) pressure. She reminded me of Mogel's Blessing of a Skinned Knee. This was a great book for me to read at this moment in my parenting journey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Elissa | 1/9/2014

    " This book was full of unsubstantiated whiny drivel. I made it though about 20 pages. Would not recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by citizen kerry | 1/7/2014

    " i do not have kids, but hear me out as to why this is a good book for us all: if you think of parenting as "running another person's life," then can't we all benefit from parenting books because they're about how to run lives? And by extension, they're about how to run "our own lives"? Exactly. What I took away from this book is that we should all reward ourselves (and/or our kids) for progress, grit, and soft skills and chill out about achievement and extrinsic rewards. "

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